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When you apply for jobs, resume samples and a bit of expert advice don’t hurt. In fact, they could be the turning point in helping create the resume of your dreams. We asked expert resume builders to review a Portfolio Manager resume sample. They identified errors that frequently pop up in resumes so that you don’t have to make them. Read over the issues discussed, and think about the ways to fix them on your resume. In no time, you’ll shine even more.
Be consistent, and follow grammatical rules
When you list dates of employment and education, you can use either month/year format or just the year, but be consistent throughout. This sample resume uses the month/year format for work experience and only the year format for education. Furthermore, it leaves out date information for coursework in progress. While we’re on the subject of education, it follows the same rule as work experience. That is, begin with your current job and education, and work backward chronologically. Also, notice the grammatical errors. This applicant has forgotten periods after abbreviations such as Dec. She also abbreviates July to Jul, and it’s so short a word it does not need abbreviating. Careful proofreading will catch other grammatical errors here and there. For example, King and Pierce Counties should be King and Pierce counties. If you are not a grammar whiz, do not worry. It’s always best practice to have qualified folks look over your resume because you become overly familiar with what you write. Mistakes don’t jump out.
Add an Accomplishments/Awards section if possible
This job applicant has quite a few impressive accomplishments, and even better, she uses quantifiable metrics to define them. What she has done is worthy of a separate section for Accomplishments/Awards. To have such a section on your resume, you should prepare at least three bullet points; otherwise, forego the section, and put these contributions with the relevant work experience. Include metrics like this one on the sample resume: Built portfolio from 14 properties to 25 properties in 5 years.
Begin bullet points with action words
You want to begin your bullet points with action words and avoid phrasing such as responsible for or accountable for. In general, this resume does a great job, but there are a few slip-ups. For example, one bullet point begins with Successfully, a second begins with Consistently, and another begins with Responsible for. Here’s how these could be modified. WRONG
Having qualified folks proofread your resume helps you avoid these errors with bullet points. The fact is that this resume is already in pretty good shape. It needs a careful read with an eye toward grammar, but a few simple changes will definitely put this applicant in a great position. When you want a resume to show exactly what you are capable of, turn to the experts. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to jump start your career prospects.